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Guitars

What kind of waste incinerator does Hong Kong need?

Incinerator opposition

The troubling question of what to do about Hong Kong's waste got a spirited airing at a public forum yesterday evening. There was a panel of five experts who were attending the "International Conference on Solid Waste 2013 - Innovation in Technology and Management". The conference was organised by the Sino-Forest Applied Research Centre for Pearl River Delta Environment, which is attached to Hong Kong Baptist University.

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Blue notes

Last year's Emarcy release, A Moment's Peace, found guitarist John Scofield exploring his sensitive side on an uncharacteristically laid back set of ballads and standards in the company of a piano and organ trio led by Larry Goldings.

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Blue notes

Pat Metheny is a composer and jazz musician of great versatility, whose wide-ranging interests have taken him into a variety of contexts. However, it is unusual to hear him play unaccompanied solo guitar - which is a shame because he does it well, as seen on What's It All About?, only his sixth unaccompanied solo release in a 35-year career.

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Blue notes

This week's performances by the new guitar duo of Martin Taylor and Ulf Wakenius promise to be special.

The two musicians are coming to Hong Kong for two performances at the start of an Asian tour, the first on Friday at the Tom Lee Academy Hall at Mega Box in Kowloon Bay, with tickets priced at HK$280.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Blue notes

One advantage of having a love for music recorded more than 50 years ago is that they are out of mechanical copyright and therefore available relatively cheaply on CD.

Many of the greatest recordings in jazz belong in this category, leading some record companies to throw together haphazard lo-fi compilations of poorly re-mastered vintage tracks.

12 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Guitar

Guitarra

The guitar is one of the oldest musical instruments we have. The word comes from Spanish - guitarra. But the Spanish took it from Arabic. The Arabs took it from Latin. The Romans took it from the Greeks, who called it kithara.

27 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Outtakes

Air on a string

Up there with the funniest things Outtakes has seen since taking on the gigs job four years ago is an air guitar competition organised by a cable television channel in 2006.

20 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Blue notes

Jazz fans who enjoyed pianist McCoy Tyner's memorable performance at City Hall in September will welcome the release of Guitars, a two-disc CD/DVD set featuring the veteran master of the keyboard trading solos with some modern masters of the fretboard.

9 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Pop goes the 'Sco'

Long-haul flights are rarely enjoyable, but Cathay Pacific's excellent jazz programme on the inflight entertainment audio service can dissolve some of the drudgery.

Host Alyn Shipton does a fine job of finding just the right mix of edgey and popular. And on a recent flight from Rome, I plugged in to the show in the middle of a Miles Davis track I hadn't heard before.

30 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Kenny Burrell: Alive, live and 75

To describe a musician who Duke Ellington called simply 'my favourite guitarist' as 'underrated' is a paradox, but it remains a fact that Kenny Burrell has never commanded the kind of audiences that peers such as Charlie Byrd, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Barney Kessel enjoyed. Still less

8 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Gypsy strings

It would be nice to think that up there somewhere, Django Reinhardt is looking down and smiling.

24 May 2007 - 12:00am

London calling as Mullen puts his soul into it for pub gig

One of the great joys of visiting England is jazz in pubs. London has historically been particularly well served in this respect, but leafing through the national listings reveals considerable growth across the country in the number of venues presenting live jazz and blues.

4 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Three's company as guitar wizards unite for magical gig

Trios of virtuoso guitarists are a rarity in jazz - partly, I suppose, because the individual egos involved are too big for any one of them to be content with an accompanist's role for a third of the time on stage.

28 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Classical treat

Polish pianist and composer Frederic Chopin once said: 'Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, except, possibly, two.'

If this is the case, five guitars should produce an exquisite sound. Hong Kong people will have the chance to witness this on Friday at the Science Museum.

29 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

George Benson: the good, the bad and the groovy

Jazz musicians aren't normally associated with early rising, and George Benson is no exception. I was assigned to interview him for the Post a few years ago, over the phone, prior to a scheduled concert appearance here, and was puzzled to be given 9am New York time as the slot.

30 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

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